|Artist||Emery Walker after Edmund Hort New|
|Published||Published by Edmund Hort New at 17 Worcester Place Oxford: June 1st 1910. Engraved by Emery Walker.|
|Dimensions||Image 255 x 405 mm, Plate 290 x 430 mm|
A view of Wadham college from Parks Road by Edmund Hort New, with an inset elevation of the college from the East in the top right corner of the plate. At the centre of the inscription space is a depiction of the college founders, Nicholas and Dorothy Wadham.
Inscription below image reads: 'Wadham College, Oxford. An. Domi. 1910. Founded AD 1610 by Nicholas Wadham and Dorothy his Wife.'
Edmund Hort New (1871-1931), known as EH New, was an English artist and illustrator. He was born in Evesham, the son of an important lawyer, and attended the Birmingham Municipal School of Art. He began painting landscape and later devoted himself to illustration. Early in his career he worked with Ruskin and other associated Arts and Crafts artists. He later went on to work for William Morris's Kelmscott Press. The influence of these experiences is evident in his prints, with their decorative borders, armourials, and elegant typefaces.
In 1905, Edmund Hort New moved to Oxford, and over a period of years, produced a series of drawings of the Oxford Colleges, based on David Loggan's 1675 aerial perspectives. New took Loggan's format and enriched his prints with many fine details of and about the colleges. The series was printed and published by Emery Walker, who marketed them appropriately as 'New Loggan Prints.' New's college views were attractive to collectors because of their high level of detail, and were in most cases a far closer representation of the colleges than the original Loggan views. These prints were made through photogravure, a relatively new process at the time. For a photogravure, the print was made by transferring a photo to a copper plate and then printing from it. With the EH New prints, a contact print of New's pen and ink drawing was made and the large negative attached to a plate which was then exposed in an acid bath, the acid only biting where the negative was clear, creating an engraved plate of the drawing.
Emery Walker (1851 - 1933) was a British master-printer, typographer and engraver. He was one of the leading figures in the Arts and Crafts Movement, and the revival of engraving. Walker helped to found the Kelmscott Press and was later a partner of Cobden-Sanderson in the Doves Press, where he was responsible for much of the successful work produced.
Condition: Strong, clean impression with full margins. Minor surface creasing to sheet. Repaired marginal tears, not affecting plate. Hammer and anvil watermark.